MORONGO BASIN MAC HEARS ABOUT WATER, EL NINO, AND CHROMIUM-6

The Morongo Basin MAC met last night. Reporter David Haldane was at that meeting and files this report… The Morongo Basin is doing its part to conserve water in the face of the most nightmarish drought to hit California in almost a century. In fact, in many cases local water

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OPERATION CHRISTMAS CHILD MEETING TONIGHT

An informational meeting will be held this evening, Tuesday, October 13, for Operation Christmas Child. Volunteers fill shoe boxes with small gifts that are then delivered at Christmas to children all over the world. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Valley Community Chapel, 59025 Yucca Trail, in

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COMPASSIONATE FRIENDS MEET TOMORROW EVENING

The Morongo Basin Chapter of The Compassionate Friends, which is a support group for parents who have experienced the death of a child meets tomorrow and every second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm, at the Helen Gray Education Center located on the campus of the

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CHOIR CONCERT TOMORROW AT TWENTYNINE PALMS HIGH SCHOOL

The very talented Twentynine Palms High School choir will be in concert tomorrow. ROP broadcast student Christopher Waring has your invitations… Twentynine Palms high school is hosting their first choir concert of the school year on the night of Wednesday, October 14, in the Wildcat gymnasium. The concert will begin

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WINS FOR BOTH YUCCA VALLEY AND TWENTYNINE PALMS FOOTBALL

The Yucca Valley High School Trojan Varsity won Friday’s league game against Desert Mirage 35-33. Coach Andrew Amosa said standouts on offense were Junior quarterback Jake Moore with three touchdown passes and senior Sean Wallace had two clutch catches to set up game-winning touchdown. Defensive standout was Senior Larry Williamson

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STAR PARTY AT SKY’S THE LIMIT

Sky’s the Limit will host a star party Saturday, October 10. The star party will start at sunset so that visitors can tour the observatory campus before the cosmic tour at dark until about 12:30 a.m. The highlight of the evening will be clusters and nebulae in the Milky Way,

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PNEUMONIA THREATENS JOSHUA TREE NATIONAL PARK BIGHORN SHEEP

Joshua Tree National Park rangers are closely watching the bighorn sheep in the park after a lamb died from pneumonia in August. Park spokesman George Land said the first report of a sick and coughing bighorn sheep was reported in early May, and the sick lamb, who died shortly after

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A WARNING ABOUT THE MEDICAL ALERT SCAM

Scam artists continue to rip off residents of our Morongo Basin. Reporter Sara Snyder warns about the “Medical Alert” scam… A new twist to the telemarketing scam. With promises of a “free” medical alert system, the scam targeted seniors and caretakers and claimed to be offering the system free of

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AN ARREST AT GUNPOINT IN JOSHUA TREE

A man was arrested at gunpoint in Joshua Tree late Wednesday night. According to Sheriff’s Deputy Yu, just before midnight, a black GMC Blazer—a vehicle that matched the description of a vehicle involved in recent burglaries in the area—was speeding near Desert Air and Mountain View, and he initiated a

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FORMER PARK RANGER TO SPEAK AT LECTURE SERIES

The Morongo Basin’s Historical Society’s Second Wednesday Lecture series presents a local author. Reporter Rebecca Havely has more… Wednesday, October 14, local author Joseph Zarki will speak at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum in Yucca Valley for the Historical Society’s lecture series. Zarki is a retired Park Ranger. His presentation is

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COMMUNITY DISASTER PREPAREDNESS EVENT TOMORROW

The Morongo Basin Community Emergency Response Team, or CERT, will hold a community disaster preparedness day on Saturday, October 10. The event will have free information and live demonstrations from Southern California Edison, the county fire department, and the Sheriff’s Department, and others, on public safety. Some of the topics

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BLOOD DRIVE IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

LifeStream will conduct a community blood drive on Saturday, October 10, at Wal-Mart in Yucca Valley from 11 to 3. Donors will receive incentives. In addition, LifeStream now offers free cholesterol screening with every blood donation. Those aged 18 to 44 years may register for Be The Match bone marrow

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EAGLES TRIBUTE BAND AT TORTOISE ROCK CASINO TONIGHT

A tribute to the Eagles at the Tortoise Rock Casino in Twentynine Palms tonight. Managing Editor Tami Roleff checks into the Hotel California… The Tortoise Rock Casino’s Live at the Rock free concert series continues with an Eagles tribute band Friday, October 9. From the powerful guitar duel in “Hotel

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OKTOBERFEST IN YUCCA VALLEY TOMORROW

The third annual Oktoberfest and fall festival is tomorrow, Saturday, October 10, in Yucca Valley. The festival will feature the American Bavarian Brass Band out of Beaumont, which will play all kinds of German music. Our own morning show co-host Pat Michaels will be there all day, along with Tom

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SQUARE DANCING TONIGHT IN YUCCA VALLEY

The Star Twirlers Square Dance Club is hosting a Plus-level square dance at the Yucca Valley Elks Lodge on October 9. The lodge is located at 55946 Yucca Trail in Yucca Valley. Rob Grigsby will be calling squares from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. Lines will be cued from 7:00 to

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CAR WASH AT THE LANDERS MOOSE LODGE TOMORROW

The Landers Moose Lodge #1788 will hold a car wash fundraiser Saturday, October 10. Proceeds from the car wash will benefit Clearlake Lodge #2284, to help with their expenses while serving as an evacuation center during the Lake Fire. The car wash will be held from 9 to 1 at

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MANY LOCAL BUSINESSES CLOSED MONDAY FOR COLUMBUS DAY

Monday is Columbus Day, and many government offices, banks, and other businesses will be closed. The City of Twentynine Palms and the county courthouse in Joshua Tree will be closed. The Town of Yucca Valley will be open, as will Copper Mountain College. However, the college will be closed Tuesday

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A FOOTBALL PLAYER SAYS IT IS A LOT MORE THAN JUST THE GAME

This weekend’s Twentynine Palms High School football game is an important one for their league championship hopes. ROP broadcasting student and football player Montel Copeland says there is a lot more than practicing and playing… Football isn’t about just going to practice and showing up to games. Football requires a

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HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS: SCORES AND SCHEDULES

The Twentynine Palms High School volleyball Ladycats beat the Yucca Valley Trojans in four sets at home. Coach Missy Bond said the Ladycats were led by junior Tatiyanna Mackall with 10 kills, six blocks and two ace serves. Sophomore Lindsey Scamman had five kills, five blocks and three assists. Senior

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BACKHOE CAUSES MAJOR GAS LEAK IN YUCCA VALLEY WEDNESDAY

A backhoe struck a gas line causing a major gas leak in Yucca Valley yesterday. According to Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Yost, a construction company backhoe had dug a 5-foot-deep hole in the 7300 block of Hanford Avenue, between Yucca Trail and Arcadia Trail, when it struck the gas line about

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